Mangaluru Autorickshaw Blast: The police has made a big disclosure about the prime accused in the blast in an autorickshaw on November 19 in Mangaluru, Karnataka. The Karnataka Police on Wednesday said that the main accused in the Mangaluru autorickshaw blast, Mohammad Shariq, had disguised himself as a Hindu to hide his real identity while he was underground.
A 24-year-old man from Tirthahalli in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district was traveling in an autorickshaw with a pressure cooker fitted with a detonator, wire and battery, which exploded on November 19. The driver of the auto in which he was burnt, is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mangaluru and is unable to speak.
Police found these things from Shariq’s rented house
The police learned that he was staying at the house of Mohan Kumar in Mysore, from where the bomb-making material was recovered. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said that we found matches, sulphur, phosphorus, batteries, circuits and nuts and bolts from Shariq’s rented house in Mysore. The owner of the house Mohan Kumar was not aware of this.
Used to talk in Kannada, used to celebrate Hindu festivals with enthusiasm
Police said the accused was using a SIM card in the name of a Hindu man living in Ballari. To hide his real identity, he had used a statue of Lord Shiva from Isha Foundation in Coimbatore as his WhatsApp display picture. During his stay in Mysore, he spoke Kannada without an Urdu accent and celebrated all Hindu festivals with enthusiasm. Due to which no one had any idea of his real identity.
Shariq was released after getting bail from the High Court
Police has recovered the Aadhaar card of Prem Raj Hutgi of Hubli in the blast. After the blast accused was identified as Shariq, who was earlier arrested in the Mangaluru offensive terror case, the investigating agencies swung into action. State Home Minister Araga Gyanendra said that Shariq, arrested in the objectionable terror graffiti case, went missing after getting bail from the High Court and took shelter at various places including Kanyakumari, Kochi, Coimbatore and Mysore.
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Story first published: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 19:39 [IST]